Director of Orchestral Activities

NOTICE OF FACULTY VACANCY: Beginning August 2019

POSITION: Director of Orchestral Activities

RANK AND SALARY: Tenure Track: Assistant, Associate or Full Professor; rank and salary commensurate with experience.

POSITION SUMMARY AND QUALIFICATIONS: The University of Maryland School of Music seeks a full-time Director of Orchestral Activities. A graduate degree in conducting or commensurate professional experience is required.

The successful candidate will be the resident conductor of the University of Maryland Symphony Orchestra (UMSO), leading UMSO rehearsals and providing administrative oversight of this ensemble, as well as the University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra. S/he will also teach conducting courses and labs in collaboration with current large ensemble directors, mentor graduate conducting majors, participate in ensemble auditions, serve an active role in recruitment with faculty colleagues and School of Music Admissions, and serve on School of Music, College of Arts and Humanities, and University committees. S/he will be a superb musician with a record of excellence as a professional conductor and an effective teacher, demonstrating a deep commitment to teaching.

The University of Maryland welcomes candidates who are excited by conservatory-level training within the context of a large research university. UMSO includes music majors at the undergraduate through doctoral levels; the successful candidate will create an environment that both supports and challenges the breadth of experience in this ensemble. S/he will work collaboratively with other faculty at the School of Music and be committed to working with a diverse student population. The Director of Orchestral Activities is encouraged to foster cross-disciplinary collaborations that take advantage of the breadth of activities characteristic of a research university and will be expected to maintain an active role as a professional in the field.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applications will remain open until October 1, 2018.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE, at; click on FACULTY and look for position #104264. Applicants are asked to upload a brief cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names of at least three references with accompanying current contact information, including address, telephone, and e-mail. Applicants are also asked to submit a one-page statement articulating a vision for the role of the orchestra in the coming decades, including examples of how such aims are realized through programming and education. Please do not send letters of reference or conducting samples at this time.

SCHOOL OF MUSIC: The School of Music is a comprehensive arts institution housed in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art complex with six performance venues, classrooms, and the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library. It houses the two orchestras, three wind ensembles, a large, dynamic and varied chamber music program, the National Orchestral Institute, and other ensembles. The School of Music offers B.A., B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees. Located less than an hour from the center of the Nation's Capital, the University is linked by mass transit to the homes of two major orchestras (National Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony) and numerous celebrated performance venues including the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Gallery, and the Corcoran and Kreeger Museums. World-class research facilities near the campus include the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution (which also houses Smithsonian Folkways Records), the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Archives and National Archives II.


The University of Maryland, College Park actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


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